There is no concept of cancer in rural Cameroon. Children with cancer may never reach one of our hospitals or they will present late. With the help of WCC we reach out to the rural community creating awareness of the early signs of cancer.
Dr Paul Wharin
Doctor - UK

Dr Paul Wharin is a retired GP. He is privileged to be part of a Cameroonian team directed by Prof Peter Hesseling that has developed a comprehensive children's cancer treatment service in Western Cameroon. His contribution is particularly in the area of palliative care. Dr Wharin is a trustee of the Beryl Thyer Memorial Africa Trust, which has supported the treatment of children with cancer in 3 hospitals of the Cameroon Baptist Convention since 2006.

The introduction of the Paediatric Oncology Day Care Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has led to a huge improvement in the care and treatment of children with cancer here.
Dr Cathy Segbefia
Doctor - Ghana

Dr Cathy Segbefia is a paediatric oncologist at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. She has been working at the hospital for 20 years and finished her training in paediatric oncology 6 years ago.

If the signs and symptoms of childhood cancer in Ghana were better known, earlier identification would be possible which is key to improving the prognosis for children with cancer. Many children have died from cancer without even knowing that it was cancer.
Barnabas Manlokiya
Nurse - Ghana

Barnabas, or ‘Nurse Barnabas’ as he is known, is Lead Nurse on the paediatric ward at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana. Barnabas is passionate about improving the education and awareness raising of childhood cancer for healthcare professionals across Ghana as there is a lack of knowledge.

I have seen for myself many children and their parents dealing with childhood cancer and wish that those who are affected be free from mental and physical suffering.
Dr Aye Aye Khaing
Doctor - Myanmar

Dr Aye Aye Khaing (Dr AK) is the head of paediatric oncology at Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar. In 2003, Dr AK built up the paediatric oncology unit at Yangon Children’s Hospital from scratch and she has since transformed it from a 6-bed department to a 34-bed unit that is constantly developing and becoming more effective.

I am honoured to work alongside the inspiring team at Yangon Children’s Hospital. It is truly exciting to be involved in the team’s progressive thinking about how psychological ideas and holistic care might enhance the quality of life of the patients, families and staff in a country where psychology and mental health needs are often stigmatised and undervalued.
Dr Sophie Dewar
Psychologist - UK

Dr Sophie Dewar is a Paediatric Clinical Psychologist at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital ( ELCH). She has worked at ELCH since 2012 supporting children, young people and families living with a range of chronic and acute medical conditions. She is involved in the twinning partnership with Yangon Children’s Hospital in Myanmar, supporting in the assessment and development of holistic support for the patients, families and staff in the oncology unit. 

As a healthcare professional in a resource-rich country I feel privileged to assist in the education and support of these fantastic, inspiring staff - anything we can do to support their work is worthwhile.
Elaine Lawrie
Pharmacist - UK

Elaine Lawrie is a pharmacist working in the haematology / oncology department at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.  She has visited Ghana twice as part of the twinning programme and assists in monthly teaching sessions online. Elaine loves teaching the enthusiastic, dedicated staff of Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye and believes that she gains as much from the training sessions as she gives.   

 

Educating nurses in developing countries is a privilege and a passion of mine.
Mary Lou Hurley
Nurse - Canada

Mary Lou Hurley is the Quality and Safety Leader for the Oncology/Heamtology/BMT programme at British Columbia Children’s Hospital in Vancouver, Canada.  She trained as a nurse at the University of New Brunswick and began working in paediatric oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in 1999.  In 2001, Mary Lou took up a post at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital in Vancouver; working in various nursing roles in oncology, emergency and the intensive care unit and returned to oncology as the Clinical Educator in 2007.  During this time Mary Lou was also very active as an international volunteer in various countries.

I believe that nursing education is key to ensure that safe quality care is provided to patients.
Colleen Nixon
Nurse - USA

Colleen Nixon is a Hematology/Oncology Clinical Educator at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH) and Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI). She has worked at BCH since 1987 and at DFCI since 2010 and has participated in nursing educational initiatives in Egypt, Mexico, Myanmar, and Thailand providing formalised education, as well as working alongside nurses at patient's bedside.

It is all about small steps; feasible interventions towards sustainable progress. Each individual child deserves all our time, energy and dedication.
Dr Trijn Israels
Doctor - Netherlands

Dr Trijn Israels is a Paediatric Oncologist for the Outreach Programme of the Paediatric Haematology – Oncology Department at VUMC Medical Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Trijn is actively involved in a twinning partnership with the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi and is dedicated to helping children with cancer in the country.

My motivation is to alleviate avoidable deaths from childhood cancer in Cameroon, through top level advocacy and best quality care.
Glenn Mbah
Nurse - Cameroon

Glenn is a nurse at Banso Baptist Hospital in Cameroon, as well as being the Programme Coordinator for the development of childhood cancer services across 3 rural hospitals. He has a special interest in developing better standards of care in nursing and is active in the SIOP PODC nursing group.

My particular interest is to drive better outcomes for children with cancer through improved diagnosis of the leukaemias, lymphomas and other childhood tumours.
Dr Robert Carr
Doctor - UK

Robert Carr is a Consultant Haematologist at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital in London, where he leads the teenage and young adult cancer service. Dr Carr leads our twinning partnership between the Evelina Children’s Hospital at Guy’s & St Thomas’ London and Yangon Children’s Hospital, Myanmar. 

I learn so much from working with healthcare professionals in countries like Myanmar, who must often adapt to constrained resources, limited numbers of providers, and the challenges of poverty as they continue to strive for high-quality patient care.
Megan Lurvey
Nurse - USA

Megan Lurvey is a nurse with 9 years of experience working in paediatric oncology and haematopoietic stem cell transplant. Megan’s interest in global health began when she was a nursing student volunteering on mobile clinics in Cape Town, South Africa, when she became acutely aware of the relationship between poverty and health disparities. She has been helping to train nurses at World Child Cancer's programme in Myanmar.

Effective paediatric cancer care is not possible without qualified nurses who receive specialised education. Yangon Childrens Hospital is an ideal model for other countries in Southeast Asia who are striving to improve access to quality cancer care for children and their families.
Lisa Morrissey
Nurse - USA

Lisa is the lead nurse in the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders Programme. She holds a MSN in Nursing Administration from Northeastern University, and a MPH in Healthcare Management from Harvard School of Public Health. Along with her role as Nurse Manager of Inpatient Hematology/Oncology/Research, Lisa is serving a 3 year term as Director of the Boston Children's Hospital Global Nurse Fellowship Programme.

My passion is to improve cures for childhood cancer in Malawi through research and multi-institutional collaboration.
Dr George Chagaluka
Doctor - Malawi

Dr Chagaluka completed his undergraduate training in December 2005 and further pursued a two year Fellowship in Paediatric Oncology at the Red Cross Hospital / University of Cape Town. He is currently working as the lead Paediatric Oncologist at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Malawi.

Simon quotes Prof Molyneux; There is never nothing we can do.
Prof Simon Bailey
Doctor - UK

Simon Bailey is a Professor of Neuro-Oncology and a consultant paediatric oncologist. Simon is also Head of the Paediatric Oncology Department based at the Great North Children's Hospital and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. The work of Professor Bailey and his colleagues with the programme in Malawi is a great example of the innovative potential and success of partnerships.

I love helping the nurses to develop their own practice between our visits and adapt what we teach them to suit their patient needs. We have seen huge progress on the ward since we started the project and there’s still lots more work we can do!
Caroline Knott
Nurse - UK

Caroline has worked in children’s cancer ever since she first qualified as a nurse almost 15 years ago. She is a qualified nurse teacher and currently works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner for paediatric oncology. She has been involved with World Child Cancer since 2013, and has visited the Bangladesh programme twice to facilitate learning workshops with the nurses in Dhaka.

Since attending the World Child Cancer training workshop there is an improved awareness around the side-effects of drugs at Komfo Anokye, as well as of palliative care…This has built a lot of confidence on the Paediatric Oncology Ward and with us as a team.
Dr Lawrence Osei-Tutu
Doctor - Ghana

Dr Osei-Tutu is a paediatrician who is currently receiving specialist training in paediatric oncology at the Red Cross hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Once he has finished his training, he will join Dr Vivian Paintsil in running the paediatric oncology service at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana.

The longer training at Korle Bu (Teaching Hospital, Accra) was most useful and had a big impact on my work here. I learnt much about chemotherapy which has really benefited my work on the wards.
Paul Obeng
Pharmacist - Ghana

Paul is a dedicated paediatirc oncology pharmacist, who works on the children's cancer ward at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. The twinning partnership has enabled training workshops in Kumasi since 2013, which in turn help to build the capacity of the healthcare team at KATH to treat childhood cancer.

Children with cancer in developing countries have not received much attention or support. Other challenges such as HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis have overwhelmed health services. However, many children with cancer can be cured. It costs only £50 to provide the drugs to save a child with Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi. A little money really does go a long way.
Prof Elizabeth Molyneux
Doctor - Malawi

Professor Molyneux has been leading the work in paediatric oncology at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi until her recent retirement. She provides dedicated support to the department and the new medical lead, Dr George Chagaluka.

Every day we are dealing with very sick children from very poor families. These children are mainly in the late stages of their disease when they arrive at the hospital. Creating awareness of childhood cancer will help us to reach these children early to improve their survival rate.
Dr Francine Kouya
Doctor - Cameroon

Dr Francine Kouya leads the work at the Banso Baptist Hospital in the North West province of Cameroon. She is currently completing a two year fellowship at twinned centre Tygerberg Children's Hospital / Stellenbosch University, to gain further knowledge which she cant then apply to her home centres in Cameroon.

The golden standard of treatment for children with cancer in the developing world is the best that you can achieve with the resources at your disposal.
Prof Peter Hesseling
Doctor – South Africa

Prof Hesseling is the medical lead for the twinning partnership programme between 3 rural hospitals in Cameroon and Tygerberg Children’s Hospital / Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He has been instrumental in the development of locally adapted protocols in sub-Saharan Africa for childhood cancer treatment.

Every child matters
Dr Mae Dolendo
Doctor - Philippines

Dr Mae Dolendo is the lead Paediatric Oncologist at the South Philippines Medical Centre, Davao City at the programme we support in the Philippines. Mae's passion and enthusiasm drives her to ensure that access to treatment is available to as many children as possible on the island of Mindanao and beyond.

Even in resource poor settings, one can always find ways to improve care for children with cancer and their families, whatever stage they may present.
Prof Lorna Awo Renner
Doctor– Ghana

Professor Lorna Awo Renner is a Paediatric Oncologist at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, and the medical lead of our Ghana programme. Lorna has been a key figure in advocating for children with cancer in Ghana and alongside her dedicated team, has developed the paediatric oncology unit in Accra into a centre of excellence.